Policies & Procedures
Student safety is of upmost importance to ALE. Our campus has video surveillance as well as a School Resource Officer assigned to our campus. We invite parents to come on campus but ask that you check in through the office first. You will be asked to show a photo ID for each visit to campus. If you need to go anywhere on campus other than the office, you will be given a visitor tag to wear.
Each student is given an information sheet at the beginning of the school year. Only the people you list on this information sheet will be allowed to check your child out of school. They must present a photo ID. If the person is not on the information sheet, they will not be allowed to check your child out.
Due to safety concerns, we cannot make any changes to your child’s information sheet over the phone. The only people allowed to change anything on the information sheet is the legal parent or guardian. This has to be done in person after presenting a photo ID.
Any transportation changes can only be made by the legal parent or guardian. This has to be done in person after ID is verified. This cannot be done over the phone as we cannot verify who the caller is.
ALE does not allow visitor cell phone usage in the office. Our car drop-off/pick-up area is also a hands-free zone and cell phones are prohibited. This is a safety procedure we have in place.
For safety, only one gate is open to visitors during school hours. This is considered the main gate and is in the front of the school at the end of the drop off area. This gate is opened as soon as the school bell rings. Before the bell rings, the car drop off gate is the only one open. This gate is by the student assembly center. After school starts, this gate is locked to visitors.
For more safety procedures please read our student handbook.
Arrival and Dismissal
School hours are 8:20 a.m. - 3:21 p.m. Students are not allowed on campus before 7:50 a.m. Students who arrive on campus after 8:20 a.m. are considered tardy and must be checked into the school office by an adult. Students that are tardy will receive an office note to be admitted to class. Excessive tardies may result in students being assigned detention to complete missed work and/or being referred for truancy.
Any student leaving school before 3:21 p.m. must be checked out in the office. Only the persons listed on the student’s information sheet will be allowed to check the student out. Please be prepared to show your ID.
Students are not allowed to check out after 3:00 p.m. as they are enroute to buses and car pick-up.
After 8:20 a.m. - Tardy (must be checked in through the school office by an adult)
Between 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. — Tardy but present for full day
Between 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Present 1/2 day
After 12:00 p.m. — Absent all day
Between 8:20 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. — Absent all day
Between 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Absent 1/2 day
After 12:00 p.m. - Present full day
Students are only allowed 5 unexcused tardies and 5 unexcused checkouts per semester. More than 5 will result in truancy issues.
For the safety of your child we can only accept transportation changes in person with an ID. We do not accept changes made by phone, fax or email.
Car riders are to enter at car drop off by the Student Assembly Center and cannot be dropped off before 7:50 a.m. The Student Assembly Center gate will open in the morning at 7:50 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. All car riders are to be dropped off in the car drop off area. They MUST go through the car drop off line. Students are NOT allowed to be dropped off in the parking areas or walked to class.
If you plan for your child to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, please make sure they arrive before 8:05 a.m.
The car drop off gate is closed as soon as the bell rings for school to start. If you are in line and the chain is put up, you will need to check your child in through the office. Your child is considered tardy for school after the chain is up.
This is also where car riders will be picked up in the afternoons.
Only students at ALE can be dropped off or picked up in this car drop- off.
Cars are not allowed in the bus zone area at the back of the school. All bus riders will enter and exit the bus in the bus loading zone. Students are assigned to ONE bus only. Students are not allowed to ride a different bus from the one they are assigned. (Therefore students are not allowed to ride home with friends on a different bus, etc.)
All Kindergarten through second grade students MUST have someone waiting at the bus stop for them. Your bus driver CANNOT leave your child if no one is there.
Students That Walk
Only students that live in the blocks around the school are allowed to walk to and from school. This is because they live too close for a bus route. Please take note of the following two areas where students must walk to and from school.
Students that live in the few blocks to the north of school must have an adult walk them to and from school. Students can be walked to the gate area and students can go to their class from there. In the afternoons, students will go to the car pick up area. Parents can wait at the edge of the Student Assembly Center for all cars to leave. Then walkers are allowed to meet their parents. If you choose to pick your child up in a vehicle you MUST go through the car pick up line.
Students living across from Albany Upper must go to the crossing guard and walk across the street to enter Albany Upper campus. Students will walk through that campus to enter Albany Lower. In the afternoons students will go to the computer lab. An assigned employee will walk them to the crossing guard. Parents should wait for their child across the street. Students in Pre-K through second grade must have a parent waiting for them.
Students that live to the south of school must have a parent walk them to the Upper entrance gate. Students will enter the Upper campus and walk to the Lower. In the afternoons, these students go to the computer lab and are walked to the Upper. A parent must be waiting at the Upper gate for their child.
If your child walks to and from school, parents are not allowed to bring them or pick them up in vehicles. If you choose to drive them, you must go through the Lower car drop off area.
The school year consists of approximately 177 days. Students must be in attendance 167 days to receive credit for the year’s work. Students are allowed no more than 10 unexcused absences for the school year. A student missing more than 10 unexcused absences could result in not passing to the next grade.
In accordance with state law, only the following absences will be considered excused provided the parent or guardian sends a doctor excuse confirming the reason for the absence the day the student returns:
Personal illness (physical or emotional illness)
Serious illness or death in the immediate family
Emergency medical or dental attention
Please remember that it is very important to get an excuse from your doctor for each visit. The excuse must contain the child’s name, date, days of the absence, and reason for the absence. The original doctor’s excuse must be sent to school. Faxed excuses will not be accepted. Excuses must be sent to school within 5 days of the student’s return.
Albany Lower implements a positive behavior program that focuses on 5 essential areas that not only make for good students but also can carry over into good citizens.
ALE Essential 5:
During discussions, respect other students' comments, opinions, and ideas. What they say is important!
Be a good listener
We will follow certain classroom rules our teacher has put in place for us. My job is to be organized and ready to learn.
No matter what the situation is, I will always be honest and tell the truth. Others will respect me for being honest.
Be positive and enjoy school
Some things are just not worth being upset over. Focus on the good things.
Be your best!
Always work hard to do the best and be the best you can be!
These expectations follow students on and off the bus and in every area of campus.
Below are additional expectations for students:
The classroom should be orderly at all times and maintained in a way that is conducive to learning. Therefore, no student has the right to stop the teacher from teaching or students from learning. Your child’s teacher will provide you with more information as to his/her expectations.
Students are expected to walk in an orderly manner to and from the cafeteria. The cafeteria is a time for students to learn social manners. Students are expected to pick up around their dining area and put all food items in the trash bins.
Students are expected to maintain safe riding techniques while on the school bus. This includes facing forward and keeping feet, hands, and objects to self. The student should cooperate and follow the bus driver’s directions at all times.
Walkways to and from buses, car drop off and cafeteria
All students are to report directly to their grade level building upon arriving at school. ALE has color coded paths to assist your child in getting around campus.
Pre-K students will follow blue dots.
Kindergarten students will follow the red lines.
Grade 1 students will walk only on Buildings 100 and 200 sidewalks.
Grade 2 students will walk only on Building 300 sidewalks.
Consequences of breaking school and bus expectations
In order to establish a fair and consistent method of disciplining our students, we implement a school wide disciplinary system of consequences along with each individual classroom teacher’s discipline plan. The consequences of not adhering to school and classroom expectations may include, but are not limited to the following:
Student Conferences, Detention (recess and before school), Parent Conferences,
Timeout, Restitution, Suspension/Expulsion
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Our “Albany All-Star Program” allows students to earn tickets for showing good behavior, leadership, kindness, etc. We sing our All-Star song each morning to help remind our students to be the very best that they can be. Students are rewarded with a special treat at the end of each month for reaching their ticket goal. The class with the most tickets gets to display the All-Star Banner in front of their room for the month, and have their picture placed on our Wall of Fame. We also do random prizes several times within a month. Stay tuned for a couple of special assemblies planned for our students that consistently show qualities of an “Albany All-Star”. It has been so rewarding to see our students taking ownership of their behavior, and working hard to make our school community a wonderful place to be. We appreciate all that you do to help us instill a sense of pride and accomplishment in our students.